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About Frontiers in Zoology

This page includes information about the aims and scope of Frontiers in Zoology, editorial policies, open access and article-processing charges, the peer review process and other information. For details of how to prepare and submit a manuscript through the online submission system, please see the instructions for authors.

Aims & scope

Frontiers in Zoology is an open access, peer-reviewed online journal publishing high quality research articles and reviews on all aspects of animal life.

As a biological discipline, zoology has one of the longest histories. Today it occasionally appears as though, due to the rapid expansion of life sciences, zoology has been replaced by more or less independent sub-disciplines amongst which exchange is often sparse. However, the recent advance of molecular methodology into "classical" fields of biology, and the development of theories that can explain phenomena on different levels of organisation, has led to a re-integration of zoological disciplines promoting a broader than usual approach to zoological questions. Zoology has re-emerged as an integrative discipline encompassing the most diverse aspects of animal life, from the level of the gene to the level of the ecosystem.

Frontiers in Zoology is the first open access journal focusing on zoology as a whole. It aims to represent and re-unite the various disciplines that look at animal life from different perspectives and at providing the basis for a comprehensive understanding of zoological phenomena on all levels of analysis. Frontiers in Zoology provides a unique opportunity to publish high quality research and reviews on zoological issues that will be internationally accessible to any reader at no cost.

The journal was initiated and is supported by the Deutsche Zoologische Gesellschaft, one of the largest national zoological societies with more than a century-long tradition in promoting high-level zoological research.

Open access

All articles published by Frontiers in Zoology are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers. Further information about open access can be found here.

Authors of articles published in Frontiers in Zoology are the copyright holders of their articles and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate the article, according to the BioMed Central copyright and license agreement.

For authors who are US government employees or are prevented from being copyright holders for similar reasons, BioMed Central can accommodate non-standard copyright lines. Please contact us if further information is needed.

Article-processing charges

Open access publishing is not without costs. Frontiers in Zoology therefore levies an article-processing charge of £1425/$2425/€1800 for each article accepted for publication. If the submitting author's institution is a Member, the cost of the article-processing charge is covered by the membership, and no further charge is payable. In the case of authors whose institutions are Supporter Members, however, a discounted article-processing charge is payable by the author. We routinely waive charges for authors from low-income countries. For other countries, article-processing charge waivers or discounts are granted on a case-by-case basis to authors with insufficient funds. Authors can request a waiver or discount during the submission process. For further details, see our article-processing charge page.

Indexing services

All articles published in Frontiers in Zoology are included in PubMed, the most widely used biomedical bibliographic database service, which is run by the US National Library of Medicine. Other bibliographic databases that index articles published in Frontiers in Zoology include:

  • Biological Abstracts
  • CAS
  • Citebase
  • Current contents
  • DOAJ
  • EmBiology
  • Google Scholar
  • Index Copernicus
  • OAIster
  • PubMed
  • PubMed Central
  • Science Citation Index Expanded
  • SCImago
  • Scopus
  • SOCOLAR
  • Zetoc
  • Zoological Record

The full text of all research articles is deposited in PubMed Central, the US National Library of Medicine's full-text repository of life science literature, and other digital archives including e-Depot (The Netherlands).

The full text of all research articles published by BioMed Central is also available on SpringerLink.

Frontiers in Zoology is tracked by Thomson Reuters (ISI) and has an Impact Factor of 2.30.

Publication and peer review process

Criteria for publication

Frontiers in Zoology considers the following types of articles:

  • Research articles - reports of data from original research.
  • Book reviews - short summaries of the strengths and weaknesses of a book. They should evaluate its overall usefulness to the intended audience.
  • Commentaries - short, focused and opinionated articles on any subject within the scope of the journal. These articles are usually related to a contemporary issue, such as recent research findings, and are often written by opinion leaders invited by the Editorial Board.
  • Debate articles - present an argument that is not essentially based on practical research. Debate articles can report on all aspects of the subject including sociological and ethical aspects.
  • Hypotheses - short articles presenting an untested original hypothesis backed solely by previously published results rather than any new evidence. They outline significant progress in thinking that would also be testable.
  • Methodology articles - present a new experimental method, test or procedure. The method may either be completely new, or may offer a better version of an existing method. The article must describe a demonstrable advance on what is currently available.
  • Reviews - comprehensive, authoritative descriptions of any subject within the scope of Frontiers in Zoology. These articles are usually written by opinion leaders invited by the Editorial Board.
  • Short reports - brief reports of data from original research.

Peer-review policies

Manuscripts submitted to Frontiers in Zoology will initially be assessed for suitability by an Editor-in-Chief, and then allocated to the appropriate Section Editor. Any member of the Editorial Board may be contacted in advance to determine whether a manuscript is within the scope of the journal. The Research Editor will assign suitable referees to the manuscript. The final decision on a manuscript will be taken by one of the Editors-in-Chief, based on the recommendation of the Research Editor and the referees' reports.

Authors will be able to check the progress of their manuscript through the submission system at any time by logging into My Frontiers in Zoology, a personalized section of the site.

Reprints

High-quality, bound reprints can be purchased for all articles published. Please see our reprints website for further information about ordering reprints.

Supplements

Frontiers in Zoology will consider supplements based on proceedings (full articles or meeting abstracts), reviews or research. All articles submitted for publication in supplements are subject to peer review. Published supplements are fully searchable and freely accessible online and can also be produced in print. All full length articles (proceedings, reviews or research articles) are indexed by PubMed. PubMed displays the title of the supplement only in the case of meeting abstract collections. For further information, please contact us.

Editorial policies

All manuscripts submitted to Frontiers in Zoology should adhere to BioMed Central's editorial policies.

Citing articles in Frontiers in Zoology

Articles in Frontiers in Zoology should be cited in the same way as articles in a traditional journal. Because articles are not printed, they do not have page numbers; instead, they are given a unique article number.

Article citations follow this format:

Authors: Title. Front Zool [year], [volume number]:[article number].

e.g. Roberts LD, Hassall DG, Winegar DA, Haselden JN, Nicholls AW, Griffin JL: Increased hepatic oxidative metabolism distinguishes the action of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor delta from Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor gamma in the Ob/Ob mouse. Front Zool 2009, 1:115.

refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.

Why publish your article in Frontiers in Zoology?

High visibility

Frontiers in Zoology's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience. Articles that have been especially highly accessed are highlighted with a 'Highly accessed' graphic, which appears on the journal's contents pages and search results.

Speed of publication

Frontiers in Zoology offers a fast publication schedule whilst maintaining rigorous peer review; all articles must be submitted online, and peer review is managed fully electronically (articles are distributed in PDF form, which is automatically generated from the submitted files). Articles will be published with their final citation after acceptance, in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF; the article will then be available through Frontiers in Zoology, BioMed Central and PubMed Central and will also be included in PubMed.

Flexibility

Online publication in Frontiers in Zoology gives authors the opportunity to publish large datasets, large numbers of color illustrations and moving pictures, to display data in a form that can be read directly by other software packages so as to allow readers to manipulate the data for themselves, and to create all relevant links (for example, to PubMed, to sequence and other databases, and to other articles).

Promotion and press coverage

Articles published in Frontiers in Zoology are included in article alerts and regular email updates. Some may be included in abstract books mailed to academics and are highlighted on Frontiers in Zoology's pages and on the BioMed Central homepage.

In addition, articles published in Frontiers in Zoology may be promoted by press releases to the general or scientific press. These activities increase the exposure and number of accesses for articles published in Frontiers in Zoology. A list of articles recently press-released by journals published by BioMed Central is available here.

Authors of articles published in Frontiers in Zoology retain the copyright of their articles and are free to reproduce and disseminate their work (for further details, see the BioMed Central copyright policy and license agreement).

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